The-Artery is elevating its exceedingly talented roster of storytellers by signing multifaceted directing duo RAY SISTERS, a.k.a. Austin and Westin Ray. Versatile across all levels of production, Austin leans towards the visual and technical aspects of filmmaking — especially music scores — while Westin favors the screenwriting side and discussing character arcs with actors.
Boasting a diverse and extensive skill set across the fields of directing, cinematography, and editing, Ray Sisters’ dynamic duo, Austin and Westin Ray, create films with a beating pulse. Their work, anchored by a vibrant, cinematic, and observational style, aims to capture authentic performances grounded in human stories.
By combining their unique skills, the duo shines a light on the beauty of the unexpected moments each of us experience in everyday life. “We overlap quite a bit in skills, since we both direct, shoot, and edit,” explains Westin. “I am more language-oriented, whether screenwriting or discussing character arcs with actors. Austin is razor-sharp with visuals and typically the techie putting out equipment or software fires. We joke that separately we’re flawed, but together we make the perfect human being!”
“The-Artery was built around versatile talent and Ray Sisters fit these exact traces of personality, character, taste, and style”, says The-Artery Founder and Executive Creative Director Vico Sharabani. “We’ve been in close contact with Austin and Westin for over a year and, as collaboration increased, we decided to bring them onboard and join the team.”
Born in Film School
The idea for Ray Sisters came about as both sisters fine-tuned their separate talents in film school. After working various production roles, including producing shorts and music videos as well as composing, the sisters decided it was time to form a directing duo.
Decorated with awards since their school days, Westin emerged from film school with a DGA Student Film Award for directing while Austin’s music scores, which first premiered in a film at Telluride Film Festival, garnered the Student Academy Award as well as BAFTA Student Award.
Their film This One Step was also screened at the Sedona Film Festival, among others. A Not So Still Life, the duo’s branded content piece for Moët & Chandon, was one of the winners of the Moët Moment Film Festival. Recently, Austin was also named Best New Music Composer at the 2019 Kinsale Shark Awards.
Ray Sisters were introduced to The-Artery when their women’s equality PSA We Are the Daughters was featured at the 2019 SHOOT New Directors Showcase, and they were immediately attracted to the creative company’s out-of-the-box approach.
Now that they are part of The-Artery family, the duo hopes to create content that explores the roads less traveled. According to Austin, “Deborah Sullivan’s producing prowess and Vico’s visionary VFX and aesthetic steers The-Artery’s ship into unique waters. It’s inspiring for us to align with filmmakers who have been in this business for years, yet still retain an unbridled enthusiasm and spark for creative work—whatever the genre. We’re extremely excited to join The-Artery as it blazes a new trail into narrative live-action.”
The-Artery Managing Director and Executive Producer Deborah Sullivan notes, “I’m especially proud to add not one, but two talented female artists to our roster. During our early conversations with RAY SISTERS, the most important consideration was how The-Artery can help them grow. Thankfully, our team has, over time, worked hard to develop the resources to offer that and more.”
Reel 360 wishes the Ray Sisters the best of luck! We hope you get The-Artery pumping.